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Raw yet again felt off balance with it kicking off with another chapter in the Roman Reigns rivalry with Shance McMahon with their match set to be in Saudi Arabia this coming weekend. It was immediately followed by The Miz coming out and helping Seth Rollins cut dual promos against both Brock Lesnar and Baron Corbin, but wait? Didn't The Miz have a massive rivalry with Shane? He didn't want to run out and help Roman against Shane? This is confusing. Raw overall has been confusing, everything from the Lucha House Party three on one match against Lars Sullivan to Rey Mysterio giving the US title directly back to Samoa Joe, I didn't know that was allowed. It feels like everything is just going crazy right now like whoever is spinning the plates is losing focus is kind of how it feels. With the Saudi Arabia event building up to literally this Friday they finally decided to put Triple H into the ring with Randy Orton and let the two of them say anything at all publicly and then also had The Undertaker issue vague threats to Goldberg who wasn't even on Raw. The beating on Seth Rollins from Brock Lesnar was brutal but honestly it wasn't all that interesting, Rollin's title match is against Baron Corbin but everyone knows Lesnar is lurking somewhere back stage, which makes the match less important it feels like.

Smackdown turned up the confusion a little bit more by beginning to push the next pay per view event which is apparently only two weeks away? What? We haven't even had this event yet and already Smackdown is talking about something new that's two weeks away? Shance McMahon at one point calls out Roman Reigns while he's in the ring with the Revival and for some reason Roman comes out by himself and takes yet another beating, why on earth would he even agree to do that? Finn Balor made his first appearance in about two weeks and he ran into the ring and took a very fast beating from Andrade, why would they even do that? Perhaps one of the most annoying parts of Smackdown was Lars Sullivan speaking for the first time and when asked why he's been mugging people for two weeks he asks if someone would ask the Nightingale why it sang it's sweet song. What? Who is he supposed to be, wrestling's Hannibal Lector? Perhaps the biggest highlight was Alexa Bliss winning a triple threat match to be the Number 1 contender for the Smackdown Women's Title.

Overall both Smackdown and Raw are feeling more and more like a mess and to me the biggest question I have at this point, is how long are matches like Triple H and Randy Orton or Undertaker and Goldberg going to be able to keep people's attention?

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Altuve's homer starting the scoring for Houston on Friday night. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images
After a solid showing to take the three of the four-game series in Arlington against the Rangers to start the week, the Astros returned home for three against the Diamondbacks in a weekend series. They would have a slow start to the opener but would ultimately come away victorious.

Final Score (10 innings): Astros 4, Diamondbacks 3

Astros' Record: 87-60, first in the AL West

Winning Pitcher: Ryne Stanek (3-4)

Losing Pitcher: Tyler Clippard (1-1)

Bielak makes the impromptu start

With Luis Garcia having to move his start ahead by a day on Thursday instead of Friday with Framber Valdez's finger cut, Brandon Bielak made a start for Houston in the opener against Arizona. He didn't go as deep as he probably would have wanted and certainly ventured out of his comfort zone with traffic on the bases.

He loaded the bases in the top of the first, allowing a single and two walks, but was able to strand all three to keep it a scoreless game. He rebounded with a 1-2-3 second, but he dealt with a threat again in the third as back-to-back singles pressured him to start the inning. He would get back-to-back strikeouts, but that's as far as he would go as Houston moved on to Blake Taylor. Taylor got the final out of the third on one pitch, then erased a two-out double in the top of the fourth.

Altuve breaks up the no-no with a go-ahead homer

Brooks Raley took over in the top of the fifth, but in his three batters, he faced allowed a single while getting two outs before Cristian Javier took over to end the frame. Javier allowed the first run of the game in the top of the sixth, a leadoff solo homer to Kole Calhoun to put the Diamondbacks in front 1-0 before he finished the inning.

Madison Bumgarner didn't allow a single hit to the Astros through the first five and two-thirds innings. He allowed a one-out walk in the bottom of the sixth, which proved costly as Jose Altuve would get the first knock of the game for Houston, a two-run go-ahead homer. Phil Maton was the next reliever for the Astros in the top of the seventh, maintaining the new one-run lead by erasing a leadoff single.

Astros get the win in extras

The Diamondbacks tied it up in the top of the eighth against Kendall Graveman, getting a leadoff single followed by a walk, then later an RBI single to knot things up 2-2. Houston stranded a runner in the bottom of the eighth, then brought in Ryan Pressly, who tossed a 1-2-3 top of the ninth to keep the game tied.

Despite getting the winning run in scoring position with a leadoff ground-rule double by Jason Castro to start the bottom of the ninth, they would strand it as the game went to extras. Arizona scored their free runner in the top of the tenth, getting a sac fly to move it to third then going in front on an RBI single.

The Astros matched that and more in the bottom of the inning, moving their runner to third on a lineout to start the frame, followed by an intentional walk to Yordan Alvarez. Jake Meyers tied the game with an RBI single, then after another walk to load the bases, Chas McCormick was hit by a pitch to bring in the winning run, moving the Astros closer to clinching their playoff berth.

Up Next: The middle game of this three-game set will have a start time of 6:10 PM Central on Saturday. Tyler Gilbert (2-2, 3.15 ERA) is expected to make a start for Arizona, while Lance McCullers Jr. (12-4, 3.12 ERA) will be on the mound for Houston.

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